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Improbable rally boosts Indians over woeful White Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Ryan Garko watched his grounder head toward shortstop Juan Uribe and had only one thought.

"Routine," he said. "I thought I was out."

White Sox pitcher Mike MacDougal did, too.

"Inning over," he said.

Hardly.

Garko's hard-to-believe RBI single helped Cleveland rally for six runs in the eighth inning as the Indians won their seventh straight, 8-5 over the Chicago White Sox, whose sorry season got worse Friday night.

The Indians did nothing against starter Mark Buehrle for five innings and trailed 5-0 in the sixth before coming back against Chicago's heinous bullpen -- with two outs in the eighth -- to move 20 games over .500 for the first time this season.

Cleveland improved to 12-3 since Aug. 15 and entered the weekend leading the second-place Detroit Tigers by 4½ games.

"It took a funny hop," Garko said. "Sometimes nothing goes your way, and all of a sudden we're catching breaks."

Down by three entering the eighth, the Indians got a two-out RBI single from Victor Martinez to make it 5-3. MacDougal (1-5) came on and appeared to get an inning-ending groundout, but Garko's bouncer toward Uribe hit the infield's grassy lip and bounded over the shortstop's head, bringing Cleveland within 5-4.

"It was beautiful," Casey Blake said.

After Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases, pinch-hitter Kenny Lofton, whose bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning brought in the winning run on Thursday against Seattle, drew a four-pitch walk from MacDougal to force in the tying run.

Blake went to a full count, and with the runners moving, he reached out for a ball on the outside corner and slapped his double over the bag at first.

"We kept scraping, clawing and scratching," Blake said, "and we got a little help."

The White Sox have lost 10 straight road games for the first time since 1977, and following their latest loss, manager Ozzie Guillen, who has spent the past few days venting about his club's poor season, could only shrug his shoulders.

"It's getting to the point where you want to laugh," he said. "It's not easy. Sometimes you erupt and sometimes you just take the beating."

Aaron Fultz (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings and Rafael Betancourt, filling in for overworked closer Joe Borowski, worked the ninth for his first save since Sept. 28 last season.

In Chicago's fateful eighth, MacDougal threw 25 pitches -- only seven for strikes.

"I couldn't throw the ball where I wanted to," he said.

Buehrle was in line to win for the first time in five starts before his bullpen let him down again. Chicago's bullpen finished August with a 10.05 ERA.

Two years ago, everything fell into place for the White Sox, who won their first World Series title since 1917. There's a lot of baseball to be played, but the Indians are having a special run of their own.

"Obviously, it's frustrating," Buehrle said. "But that's the way our season is going and that's the way their season is going.

The left-hander threw a no-hitter against the Rangers in April and looked like he might flirt with another one. He cruised through Cleveland's lineup the first time, retiring 11 straight before Travis Hafner singled to right with two outs in the fourth.

Josh Fields had two RBI for the White Sox, who have dropped 17 of 20.

Chicago scored three runs in the sixth off Indians starter Fausto Carmona, who hadn't given up four runs or more in any start since June 27.

Down 5-0, the Indians finally put something together in the sixth off Buehrle, who had limited them to just one hit through five. Franklin Gutierrez singled in Cleveland's first run and the other scored on a fielder's choice by Martinez.

Notes

  • Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck was struck on the right knee by a foul tip in the sixth inning. Hirschbeck, 52, laid flat on his back for several minutes in obvious pain before being checked by an Indians trainer. He stayed in the game, and in the seventh he was hit by a foul tip on his padded right shoulder.
  • Indians 2B Josh Barfield, benched earlier this month for rookie Asdrubal Cabrera, went 1-for-2 in his first start since Aug. 15. Cabrera made a sensational play up the middle to end the game, stabbing a grounder and making a leaping throw to nip A.J. Pierzynski.
  • The Indians improved to 35-20 against the AL Central.
 
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Casey Blake's bases-loaded double in the eighth is part of a big rally in the inning for the Indians.  (AP)
Casey Blake's bases-loaded double in the eighth is part of a big rally in the inning for the Indians. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

C. Blake
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Chicago

D. Richar
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF3110101 .239
Josh Fields, LF4012011 .240
    Paul Konerko, 1B0000000 .262
Jim Thome, DH3011200 .273
Jermaine Dye, RF5011024 .248
A.J. Pierzynski, C5000023 .259
Andy Gonzalez, 3B3000115 .220
Darin Erstad, 1B-LF3110100 .264
Juan Uribe, SS4111002 .216
Danny Richar, 2B3220110 .198
Totals3358567  
Batting
2B - Jerry Owens (6, Carmona), Juan Uribe (12, Carmona), Danny Richar (3, Fultz)
SF - Josh Fields (3)
SH - Jerry Owens (2)
RBI - Josh Fields 2 (53), Jim Thome (71), Jermaine Dye (67), Juan Uribe (53)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Thome (25)
SB - Jerry Owens (22, 3rd base off Carmona/Martinez)
Team LOB - 9
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle 7422040 3.47
Ehren Wassermann (H,4) 0.2111000 3.12
Mike Myers0122100 4.03
Mike MacDougal (BS,3; L,1-5)0233300 6.49
Boone Logan 0.1000000 4.40
HBP - Hafner (by Mark Buehrle)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 97-65, Ehren Wassermann 9-5, Mike Myers 8-2, Mike MacDougal 25-7, Boone Logan 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 7-10, Ehren Wassermann 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 26, Ehren Wassermann 3, Mike Myers 2, Mike MacDougal 5, Boone Logan 1
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5210003 .279
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4011011 .274
Travis Hafner, DH2110100 .255
Victor Martinez, C4012001 .306
    Chris Gomez, PR0100000 .314
    Kelly Shoppach, C0000000 .267
Ryan Garko, 1B4111012 .303
Jhonny Peralta, SS3100100 .271
Jason Michaels, LF3000010 .264
   a- Kenny Lofton, PH-LF0101100 .299
Casey Blake, 3B4123010 .265
Josh Barfield, 2B2010000 .244
   b- Asdrubal Cabrera, PH-2B1000100 .286
Totals3288844  
a-walked for Michaels in the 8th
b-grounded out for Barfield in the 8th
Batting
2B - Casey Blake (30, MacDougal)
RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (25), Victor Martinez 2 (96), Ryan Garko (50), Kenny Lofton (31), Casey Blake 3 (64)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (37), Ryan Garko (16), Kenny Lofton (16), Casey Blake 3 (26)
Team LOB - 5
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona 6755640 3.31
Aaron Fultz (W,4-2) 2100020 2.70
Rafael Betancourt (S,1) 1000010 1.52
IBB - Thome by Fausto Carmona
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 103-61, Aaron Fultz 27-19, Rafael Betancourt 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 11-3, Aaron Fultz 2-2, Rafael Betancourt 1-1
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 31, Aaron Fultz 7, Rafael Betancourt 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38325
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Chris Guccione